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[51] Again rhythm more readily admits of rests1 although they are found in metre as well. Greater license is, however, admitted when the time is measured by the beat of the feet or fingers,2 and the intervals are distinguished by certain symbols indicating the number of shorts contained within a given space: hence we speak of four or five time (τετράσημοι, or πεντάσημοι) and others longer still, the Greek σημεῖον indicating a single beat.

1 i.e. in the musical sense.

2 i.e. in musio.

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